What better method of accessing information relating to transport than via a mobile phone, and what
better time to do it than while you are on the move? The two mediums are truly synergistic and both
change their content regularly. Transport-related apps have the ability to access timetables, for example,
in real-time. As such, they can pick up late changes in those timetables due to adverse weather conditions
or problems on the route. Some apps enable you to plan your route and find the holiday home or villa
rental where you’ll be staying. While other will give you a real-time movement monitor. By utilizing your
phone’s GPS system, they can see where you are relative to the rest of the country or find out how close
you are to your holiday destination or the next station – endlessly useful if you find yourself in an
unfamiliar location. Information like this also enables you to ring ahead to friends, family and business
colleagues with up-to-date information regarding any unexpected delays. And below are 5 of the best
transport apps that will certainly help you as you travel.
SpeedView Pro - Paid
SpeedView Pro is an advanced speedometer that connects to your phone’s GPS system to show you your
current speed and other essential driving data. The interactive HUD can be customized to show other
data that can then be sent to your desktop computer for you to take a look at, and you can then attach
your phone to a windshield mount to see live stats as you start driving. There’s a free version available
from the Google Play Store but it doesn’t include half the amount of features that the Pro version does.
Hailo - Free
Use Hailo to scan for a taxi in your area, then – with two quick taps – get their attention and tell them
your location. Track your cab in real-time, so there is no reason to hang outside waiting for them. After
you get to your destination, payment is taken from your card automatically and a receipt is emailed to
you. Currently Hailo is only available in London, Dublin, Toronto, Chicago and Boston, but it plans to be
available in 100 cities worldwide this 2015.
WhatGas Petrol Prices - Free
WhatGas flags up petrol stations in your area on a map. Tapping on a flag will reveal the petrol station’s
unleaded and diesel prices as submitted by other local users, and tapping on the top bar will reveal the
best overall price in the area. When you go to fill up, if you spot their prices have changed, you can
submit new prices yourself and update the app. Similarly, if you also spot there is a petrol station near
you that has been missed, you can add it to the map yourself.
Tube Map - Free
Whether you’re a regular London commuter or just a day visitor, the usefulness of having this app close
on hand is unspeakable. Get live updates as well as plan your route and use maps offline.
Car Locator – Paid
Never forget where you parked the car again with this excellent app. Car Locator uses GPS to log your
location. For convenience this tracker can be set up as a home screen widget. To aid your search, you can
attach photos and add notes to an entry, or email the location to a third party.